Troy Downing (pictured above), CEO of AC Self Storage Solutions, has been elected to the board of directors of Charity Storage.

Charity Storage is a nonprofit foundation that raises money for numerous causes. Community members and storage customers donate items to be loaded into a unit at a participating self-storage facility. Charity Storage then auctions off the unit’s contents during a regularly scheduled lien sale, with proceeds benefiting various charities.

“I am honored that Charity Storage has reached out to me to fill a seat on their board,” Downing said. “I think this is a great organization with a great idea that helps so many other worthy organizations raise funds to support their charitable work.”

Downing’s Newport Beach, CA-based company, AC Self Storage Solutions, owns or manages more than 1 million square feet of self-storage space.


David Lapter has been hired as chief financial officer and senior vice president of operations at MakeSpace, a New York City storage-by-the-bin startup.

Lapter most recently was CFO at online retailer At MakeSpace, Lapter will oversee finance, legal, human resources, compliance and investor relations functions.

MakeSpace recently hired David Lapter as CFO.

“Bringing David on board to help guide our growth is a huge win as we scale locally in New York and accelerate our expansion to new markets,” MakeSpace CEO Sam Rosen said.

MakeSpace recently raised $8 million in venture capital.

Select Capital Corp.

Christine Nguyen has been hired as director of national accounts at Select Capital Corp.

The San Juan Capistrano, CA-based company is dealer-manager for Strategic Storage Holdings, which is raising money for Strategic Storage Trust II, a public non-traded REIT. Strategic Storage Trust II is in the midst of a $1 billion IPO. Strategic operates the SmartStop Self Storage brand of storage facilities.

Christine Nguyen
Christine Nguyen has joined Select Capital Corp. as director of national accounts.

Nguyen most recently was lead platform manager of alternative investments at LPL Financial.

“Given her background working with sponsors in her past due diligence roles with LPL and First Allied, she was a clear choice. Broker-dealers are responding positively,” said Brian Buehler, national sales director at Strategic Storage Holdings.

Burlington Self Storage

Joe Delgado has been promoted to Southeast regional manager at Burlington Self Storage. Delgado will oversee the company’s two Florida facilities, in Oakland Park and West Palm Beach.

Delgado has been with the company since 2011. Delgado was manager of the Oakland Park facility; in November, he started overseeing the West Palm Beach location. He boosted occupancy at both facilities to above 90 percent, according to Inside Self Storage.

Burlington operates six facilities in Florida, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

KC Steel Systems 

After 21 years supplying steel products to the self-storage industry, KC Steel Systems owner Cletus Frank has retired. The Phoenix company closed its doors June 1.

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Alexander Harris